The long-established love affair between architects and Legos spawned a unique education program – called the “BIM Lego Experience”.

Created as part of the BIM Education program offered by the AGC by Benjamin Crosby of Yates Construction, this exercise made its debut at the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) Southeast Design & Build Conference earlier this month.

With the goal of showing how ARCHICAD works in an OPEN BIM process and how IFC files can be used, 2D printed plans, elevations, section were created from an ARCHICAD model as well as a BIMx file.  Users were able to see how the BIMx file helped to tie the BIM together with the 2D documentation. 

Of the program, presenter Bradley Madison, president of Madison BIM Consulting tells us, “There are so many “BIM” presentations out there that talk about the benefits of BIM. Many users walk away with the idea that the technology is great, but they lack a full understanding of how it benefits them in the day-to-day. This presentation really puts the power of BIM into the user’s hand. They get to see the product of an OPEN BIM process and how they can communicate their design intent to the contractor and ultimately to their client.”

Participants were given instructions, intended to represent traditional design and build workflow processes – with Legos as their materials and 2D documents as instructions. After a short period of working that way, the builders received BIM files – in IFC format using individual “color” files. Having to rely on only 2D paper-based documentation led to discovery of how BIM files can reduce errors.

“We wanted participants to see how difficult it can be to build a project from traditional 2D printed drawings,” explained Madison. “So I intentionally adjusted a 2D elevation where I indicated on elevation the use of a longer piece at a corner in lieu of a 2-piece corner. Those that followed the plans ended up having to tear down the model to start over. Those that found the discrepancy in the BIM files requested a clarification and I pointed out that the BIM files were correct.”

The hands-on experience clearly illustrated the benefits of active BIM process with emphasis on the “I” of the BIM; coordinated documentation, 3D coordination, quantities and estimating, lean construction. It is a fun and engaging way to highlight the benefits of BIM and coordinated design and construction.

GRAPHISOFT is proud to support the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) in its aim to boost the skills of the design community; as well as contributing to the Institute’s College of Fellows Scholarship Fund.

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Save the date!

Bradley Madison will be presenting this education program at the AIBD Design & Build – Mid Atlantic conference.

Aug 16 – 18, 2018
The historic Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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